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December 2014

Tony Scopelite

President’s Message
It’s been a hectic and somewhat turbulent year for me and so many others. Yet I can’t help but be so grateful for the changes that follow in the wake.

I’ve been looking for the right words to express some of it, and found what Stephanie Austin ( ) had to say so perfect, I opted just to replay her Nov. piece for you all:

“Even in frenetic cultures and times, Thanksgiving can be much more than a one day celebration. Animal communicator Mary Getten shares this message from Granny, the oldest orca known to be alive (born in 1911, 103 years old): "Giving thanks is not something that you should do once a year. It is something that you should live and breathe each and every moment of every single day... Start by being grateful that you are alive... Be grateful that there is an intelligence and wisdom in the universe, and that you are not alone. Be grateful that there is air to breathe and water to drink and food to eat. Even in your darkest hour, there are many, many things to be grateful for..."

Gratitude opens the heart, feeds the soul, and unlocks the door to true prosperity and abundance. Try some of these practices and watch how your relationships and life change:

1. Keep a gratitude journal. First thing in the morning, and/or last thing at night, write down five things that you are grateful for.
2. Make a habit of expressing at least three ‘appreciations’ a day ­ telling people you work, play, and/or live with what you value and admire about them.
3. Give a free and priceless gift to friends and family, coworkers and ­ a list of what you are thankful for about them and their presence in your life.
4. Pray for strangers. Bless the other drivers on the road. Bless the animals and trees. Give thanks for the Sun, for the rain, for the gift of life on Earth.

What are you grateful for? What is your prayer for the world? Where do you need to take a leap of faith? Remember that “Every day is an opportunity to be creative — the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colors are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete picture is a work of art called ‘my life.’ Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today — it matters.” (Unknown author)

—Marijke Hallberg

Welcome New Members
We’re happy to announce the following new and returning members:
East Bay - Alain LeRoy, John Peterson
North Bay - Janet Valette
South Bay - Anne Moses
Outside of SF Bay Area - Rivers Blake

New members, be sure to create your profile at, and join our private FaceBook group at If you have questions about this, contact 

December Holiday Happening: Food, Fun, Frolic.. And Funny!

Wednesday December 10th, 2014
6:30 - ­9:00 pm
FREE for members. $10 for member’s Significant Other. Non­-members and guests $20.

Attend in San Francisco at the Handlery Hotel, Click here.
Catered buffet by the Daily Grill
Hosted bar (beer and wine)

Entertainment by comedian Alicia Dattner

Alicia DattnerAlicia Dattner was recently voted Best Comedian 2014 in the SF Bay Guardian Reader's Poll, and the LA Theater Review says Alicia is “Charming, likable, and funny!” She's toured throughout the world from LA to Bombay, New York to London, with sold­out hit shows and extended runs, which have garnered her a number of awards. She pokes fun at everything from yoga to dating to the absurdity of the human condition. Oh, and did we mention she's
also a coach?"

Come help us light up the night ­- your presence is the gift we really want this year.

Next Book Club: The War Of Art

February 1, 2015 ­ 2 to 4 p.m. we’ll discuss THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield
Hosted by Joie Seldon in Oakland (close to Lake Merritt BART). Address available upon registration here.

In this powerful, straight ­from ­the ­hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity and success. THE WAR OF ART is an inspirational, funny, well­-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every artist, visionary, or entrepreneur. It’s an easy read, yet the lessons are profound. A great tool for coaches in working with
client’s inner resistance.

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We’re so grateful to have CRR Global Advanced Coach Training as an annual sponsor.
And our deep appreciation to EverCoach, our new monthly sponsor: 

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Live & Luxurious. ­ Create wealth & stay feminine.
Live & Luxurious is brand new 6 ­week online teleclass for women coaches who are tired of burning out and want to create a 6-­figure coaching business from a strong and empowered feminine place.  Here is where you can reserve your spot.

Members Make It Happen

We SCORE Again!
A team of our members, led by Events Director Tina Ambrosini, will offer a day of coaching at SCORE in SF on Tuesday December 16. SCORE is a free service helping people find resources to grow their business. Check out their website by clicking here. And spread the word that SFBAC coaches will be available for free appointments to coach developing business people into their greatness.

Unleash Your Creative Hero Teleclass
Unleash Your Creative HeroGet your creative ideas off your mind and into the world: Unleash Your Creative Hero in 2015 in a new teleclass on courage, creativity and productivity. Janet Valette and Gail Whipple have develop an engaging, enlightening way to satisfy your creative hunger by finding and finishing a project that calls to you — while you have fun getting it done.

There's a lot to explore: Learn about your creative process, how best to support and expand your creativity, add some great productivity tools to your toolbox — and meet like­-minded people to help you on your creative and heroic journey through life. 
The first six week teleclass begins January 11. Click here to see details, pricing, and our special offer for earlybirds.

Submissions For Future Newsletters

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Gail Whipple
Communications Director
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